‘Infrastructure for water deal will take a few years’


Among the plans in the Perak-Penang water deal is a RM4mil compact Water Treatment Plant in Sungai Kerian, which can provide a capacity of 2.4 million litres per day. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

IT WILL take five or six years to complete the infrastructure needed for Penang to start buying water from Perak.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the water deal was now a top priority to ensure that Penangites were assured of water security.

“This project is on the top of our list to carry out, not just for the state but also the country.

“Penang is a semi-conductor powerhouse and we need the water supply to cater to it.”

Chow says the water deal with Perak is a top priority for Penang.Chow says the water deal with Perak is a top priority for Penang.

Chow said Penang had contingency plans in the interim to keep the taps flowing.

“We have eight projects under the Penang Water Contingency Plan 2030.

“In September, a new module in Sungai Dua water treatment plant will be ready.

“This is our way of increasing water capacity,” he said during a press conference at a green energy handover ceremony at Mydin Bertam, Butterworth.

Akmal says the ministry is offering its full support towards finalising the Perak-Penang water deal.Akmal says the ministry is offering its full support towards finalising the Perak-Penang water deal.

Deputy Energy Transition and Water Transformation Minister Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir, when launching the Bukit Panchor project in Nibong Tebal, said the ministry was offering its full support towards finalising the Perak-Penang water deal.

“When it comes to planning and development, it falls under the Economy Ministry but we welcome the recent positive development between both states.

“It has been something that was raised by Penang for years.

“This project does not involve just water resources and supply, it includes planning for the Kerian Integrated Green Industrial Park in Perak.

“We will work with them to make sure it goes on as planned,” said Akmal Nasrullah.

In May, it was reported that the Perak government had agreed to supply water to Seberang Prai in Penang, through the Kerian Integrated Green Industrial Park.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the matter was agreed upon by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah and the state’s Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad.

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